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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 14, 2011 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee

I don't post much anymore, but I wanted to mention that VLB was played at most shows from 1966-early 68. At lease at the ones I went to. They called it their tribal stomp and often performed it early on--1st set even--to get the crowd dancing.
I suspect that the number of times played is closer to 50-60.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Jul 14, 2011 12:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee

Well I got that number (31) from setlists.net It seems to be a pretty accurate source for setlist info. Though I wouldnt mind further confirmation that Im either right or wrong. Heres a link.

http://www.setlists.net/?search=true&;venue=&city=&state=&month=&day=&year=&songs=viola+lee+blues&submit=Search

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jul 14, 2011 1:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee

setlists.net is inaccurate and very unreliable. Obviously there were many shows performed between 1966-1968 with unknown set lists. As Bill pointed out, Violas was played at more than a few of these shows.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Jul 14, 2011 1:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee

thats a shame. Thanks guys

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jul 14, 2011 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee

Both deadbase.com and http://www3.clearlight.com/~acsa/intro.htm cite 32 known performances, but I would trust ghostofpig's assessment above - he was there!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 14, 2011 9:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee

One year, one month - and look who walks in the door.

Hello, William.


Oh yes, best Viola? 4-26-69 (Fallout from the Phil Zone).

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 14, 2011 4:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee

Ghostofpig,I thought I'd chime in and say that if you were lurking it might be nice if you were so inclined as to favor us with a post on occasion,for I always found your posts to be intelligent,informative and in some cases from the perspective of an audience member or attendee of shows from an era no one else here can claim.Just the other day we had a thread on what impact John Coltrane had on the bands music,I'm sure with your free jazz knowledge you would have provided some interesting insight.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 14, 2011 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee

Hey gp.
With so much undocumented from '66-'68 I bet there may be even more. If we ever hear them or they are in the ether, who knows. It is just a kick ass song. One of things Furthur does that I like. Probably, b/c I never heard it live before. Kinda like the younger folks who go to a Furthur show for the whole songbook.